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The TARDIS Framework. A Federated Repository Solution For Raw Diffraction Datasets. Steve Androulakis, Monash University, Melbourne Australia International Digital Curation Conference, 2010. Started in late 2007 Public Access to Raw Protein Crystallography Data Fedora Commons Based

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The TARDIS Framework

  • A Federated Repository Solution For Raw Diffraction Datasets

Steve Androulakis, Monash University, Melbourne Australia

International Digital Curation Conference, 2010

Started in late 2007

Public Access to Raw Protein Crystallography Data

Fedora Commons Based

Federated Storage

Protein Crystallography Specific Code

The TARDIS FrameworkFederated Data Storage






TARDIS’ Internal Structure

Thanks to Alistair Grant

Generic Parameter Support

Thanks to Alistair Grant

Why Fedora wasnʼt suitable for large datasets..

HTTP Protocol Multiple / Large File

Downloading Setup and maintenance

Existing repository solutions at institutions..

Willingness / funds for libraries to store large datasets

Data - From Production to Publication


Managed by an instrument/facility’s system, such as that at the Australian Synchrotron



Data exists on researchers’ personal computers and is usually NOT managed in any standard, persistent way


Solutions exist for deposition of data into several sources. TARDIS currently solves for raw Px data

The Need for Data Management at Time Of Processing


From Capture to Publication

Also deployed at:

University of Mebourne

La Trobe University

TARDIS: Internals Lightweight Architecture

6 Datasets, 5140 Datafiles ~90GB

Upcoming Features..

  • Data ‘staging’ mechanism.


Australian Synchrotron / ANSTO

We’re now the ‘official solution’ for instruments at AS + ANSTO! more instruments + facilities

“TARDIS/MyTARDIS system for high-end instrumentation data capture (e.g. X-ray diffraction images) has been chosen by both the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) as the platform for metadata capture. Congratulations to the developers of TARDIS/MyTARDIS: Monash University biochemist, Associate Professor Ashley Buckle and software engineer Mr Steve Androulakis. (Support received from the Monash e-Research Centre, the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative, the Australian Synchrotron and the Australian National Data Service).”

Australian Synchrotron / ANSTO

  • Test instances already receiving SAXS/WAXS and IR data…

  • New Authorisation Engine Enables Various Access Rules For:

    • Groups of users

    • People in specific locations (ip based)

    • Custom rules (such as embargo periods)

  • Powerful Search Interface

    • Generic search across all parameters by various rules

    • Discipline specific ‘canned’ searches

  • Easy Parameter Schema Definition

  • (in conjunction with Monash Metadata Store project)

    • Users to define new parameter sets

    • Coming in a later iteration..

  • Advanced Parameter Editing

  • (in conjunction with Monash Metadata Store project)

Molecular Biology Auto-Processing

Thanks Grischa Meyer

Upcoming Projects…

Upcoming Projects

  • RMIT – Microscopy

    • 9 Microscopes

    • New ‘Filter’ Module Functionality

    • RMIT eResearch Office – Heinz Schmidt / Ian Thomas

  • The Ian Wark Research Institute – Particle Physics

    • Instrument Linkage

    • University of SA - Ryan Green

  • Peter Mac Institute – Next Gen Sequencing

    • Instrument Linkage

    • Courtesy of VeRSI – Lyle Winton

  • APS Chicago?!

TARDIS’ Modular Framework



VBL Download

VBL Authentication

Visual Style

Parameter Schemas

Parameter ‘Filters’

Visual Style

Parameter Schemas


Federated Storage Support

Visual Style and Templates

Parameter Schemas

This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative

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